We have tested the Volkswagen Amarok a number of times over the last few years but every time one pops up on the press car list, its something we always book because they are constantly making changes and improvements. This latest Amarok is what VW call the Ultimate special edition. This machine comes with a host of standard features including the Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, which offer improved lighting and a more modern appearance. You will also notice the dual chrome bars on the grille slats, polished 19-inch Aragonit alloy wheels, ‘silver wing’ exterior mirrors, a stainless steel sports bar and side steps, darkened rear lights, LED number plate illumination and the obligatory ‘Ultimate’ lettering on the side for that extra “In your face factor”.
When you open the driver’s door you are greeted with the usual high quality VW finish. The heated front seats are finished in either Vienna or Alcantara leather like our test vehicle as well as unique velour floor mats and aluminium pedal caps. Of course all these Ultimate extras are over and above the comprehensive list of features that you get in the Highline double cab model that it’s based on. It also comes with standard park distance control with reverse camera, which makes reversing up to a trailer a doddle like we discovered during our test week.
To drive the Amarok is as good as ever. Regular readers of our articles will know we run a long term Isuzu D-Max on our staff fleet and the Amarok makes it feel a little dated to say the least. This Ultimate special edition is only available in 4×4 automatic guise, powered by VW’s 180HP/420Nm 2-litre twin-turbodiesel engine. Unlike other Amaroks, this version has permanent four-wheel drive, and it’s also got eight forward gears, with first gear performing the role of a low-range ratio. It really is a pleasure to drive with or without a load on board. During our time we also got some off road driving in whilst towing a trailer and although it wasn’t big weight, the Amarok made light work of the conditions we encountered.
In addition to the standard extras our test vehicle was fitted with wind deflectors, a bonnet protector, headlamp protection and a roller cover for the rear load area. These extras bring the total price up to €54,752 which we know isn’t cheap but the difference is, this pick up is a pleasure to drive. VW could have opted to go down the hardcore off road route fitting snorkels, winches and enough off-road accessories to cater for a weekend away with Bear Grylls but instead they went for the urban cool factor with some tasteful extras to make this pick up look as at home in the city, as it would be on the land. Take a test-drive with your local VW dealer today and let us know what you think.
Engine Size – 2.0 litre
Fuel Type – Diesel
Power – 180hp
Torque – 420Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) – 10.9 seconds
Top Speed – 180 km/h
Consumption (Combined) – 7.6L/100km
CO2 Emissions – 216 g/km
Base Price – €32,540
Price as Tested – €54.752